Fairfield community remembers Shelton teen fatally stabbed at party
People in Fairfield are reaching out to support the family of one of the victims of a Shelton house party stabbing.
The family of 17-year-old Jimmy McGrath says he left an impression on everyone he met. So much so that many of the high schools in Fairfield, along with local leaders, are remembering the Fairfield Prep student two days after died.
Fairfield First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick says two of her nephews knew McGrath, who died on Saturday. The Fairfield Prep Junior played lacrosse and football.
"A lot of students in Fairfield knew this young man and he had apparently a good personality, a lot of people thought he was a lovely kid and this is just heartbreaking for his family and not just for Fairfield County, but for the state to have one of their young people be murdered," said Kupchick.
Dr. Greg Hatzis, the head principal at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, says McGrath was close with many of his classmates. Ludlowe is providing grief counselors for any students who need them.
"I don't even think the adults are having an easy time grappling with this. You know we're all struggling with this and we're all struggling to just understand," said Hatzis.
Fairfield Prep held private prayer services for McGrath. The school says he will forever be a member of the Prep brotherhood.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for McGrath's family. The page raised almost $30,000 in three hours. https://www.gofundme.com/f/a-precious-soul-forever-in-our-hearts